“Great Britain just got one more taxpayer-subsidized mouth to feed!” Trevor Noah announced to his audience on Mondays Daily Show. He was, of course, referring to the royal baby, a boy, whose name has yet to be announced. Late night was buzzing about the birth on Monday—and probably thrilled to see someone who is not Donald Trump dominating the news cycle. As several hosts noted, an unofficial—some might say fake—town crier made the birth announcement on the steps of the hospital. That, Noah thought, is a pretty strange way to enter the world.
“Imagine if that guy with the bell is just there through the kid's entire life,” Noah said. Hear ye, hear ye, the royal baby is being conceived! Looks like missionary position—very boring! Or like, the kid turns 13 and the criers there outside the locked bathroom door. Hear ye, hear ye, the young prince has discovered himself! He is exploring his sexuality with the help of a Victoria's Secret catalog!”
“Once he was born, his great grandmother the Queen greeted her new great grandson the way she greets every one of her grandchildren,” Noah continued. “By holding him in her lap, hugging him gently, and whispering into his ear, I will outlive you! Youll never have my throne!”
Like Noah, Stephen Colbert was also fascinated by the fake town crier—“but he's easy to mistake for royalty,” the comedian admitted. “Hes got a stupid hat, and he doesnt have a real job.”
“Hes just a guy who wanders London in a costume you can take your photo with,” Colbert added. “It would be like if we let the Times Square Elmo announce our Supreme Court decisions.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most excited host of all was James Corden, whose jealousy of the newborn was pretty well masked. Well, mostly: “The boy is now fifth in line to the British throne,” the Late Late Show host said. “Right behind Harry Styles and ahead of me—which is annoying.”
“This is Kates third child in just five years,” Corden added. “When she heard that, Meghan Markle was like, Were not all expected to do that, are we?”
Though the town crier is a sham, there is an official way for royal births to be announced, Corden noted: a framed birth notice sits atop a golden easel outside Buckingham Palace. Maybe its just sour grapes, but Corden does not seem impressed with that method: “It looks less like how you announce a baby and more like how a fancy restaurant announces the soup of the day,” he said.
Either way, the comedian did try to send Prince William and Kate Middleton a sly message as to what their new sons name should be. “Huge congratulations to William, Kate, George, Charlotte, and little baby James,” he said with a grin. “Im just saying.”
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Westworld (Season 2)
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Solo: A Star Wars Story
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"You've got to engage your core." There's an ongoing joke in my house that working your core will fix just about any issue, since as a former Pilates instructor, this is my go-to fix-it line. Back pain? Engage your core. Knees hurt going downstairs? Engage your core. Trouble memorizing irregular Spanish verbs? Engage your core. The "check engine" light is strobing on the dashboard of your decade's-old car? Engage your core. All right, you got me — those last two examples might not be true, but I stand by the others. The issue is many people hear this phrase but don't really know how to engage their core.
The Core Defined
Let's take a step back and quickly define the core, just to verify that we all know what this conversation is about. Your abs and back muscles working together to stabilize your torso during movement: that's your core. The core can also help transfer power from your lower body to your upper body and back again — think how a cross punch starts at the feet and moves through the pelvis, adding power to a punch, or how a wood chop sends power from your upper body through your torso to load your leg. But let's dive deeper into the anatomy a bit.
You have four layers of abdominal muscles, and the deepest layer, the transversus abdominis (TVA) wraps around your waist like a cummerbund. Or you can think of it like a muscular corset connecting the ribcage to the pelvis. On top of the TVA, you have your internal and external obliques, which criss-cross your torso, kind of making an X; these muscles also help with twisting. The final layer is your rectus abdominis, aka the six-pack muscle, which helps bend your upper body forward, also known as flexing your spine. When these four layers of abs are braced together, working in tandem with muscles that line your spine, you have an engaged core. You want to feel your abs tightening and pulling in but still be able to breathe normally and move.
It Starts With Your Breath
Since the muscles that line your spine, aka the erectors, are considered postural muscles and are always working a bit, you need to focus on engaging your deep abs. It's not so much that the TVA is lazy, it just starts to tune out with all the sitting we do. The TVA engages naturally as you exhale; to feel it work, focus on exhaling while pulling your abs to your spine. This action pulls the "tummy" in and gives a little lift to your torso. If the TVA is working, the other layers of abs can help stabilize the core with it, or they can slide around over the tight TVA to create motion in the torso like twisting and bending forward.
Engaging Your Deep Abs, Engaging Your Core